Month: October 2012

The new Cambridge Satchel: be still my colorblock-loving heart

Last year I fell in love with the Cambridge Satchel. Not just because of the fabulous styling, hand craftsmanship, and relatively affordable price for such a hot handbag, but in part because of the beautiful story of Julie Deane and her mother, Freda Thomas, starting the company to be able to afford to send Julie’s daughter to a better school. Well, today they launch a new style that makes me realize this is no one-trick, one-season pony of a handbag. The new Downing Bag from Cambridge Satchel is so up my alley. Named for the bag Julie wore to...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’re all about laps, apps, and yapping with the stars–at least, according to some of our favorite picks from the last week. 1. Want a happier lap? We’ve got the perfect bedroom accessory. (Get your mind out of the gutter–it’s a tech gadget!) 2. This retro-cool app for the little dudes will tickle everyone’s funny bone better than Tickle Me Elmo. Hint: it involves tickling. 3. If you like movies, food, and apps–and who doesn’t?–then you’re going to squee for our favorite Springpad notebooks of the week. 4. Kelly Bundy–er, Christina Applegate–told us all about her favorite app, and...

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The most dapper DIY Halloween masks, yours for the printing

If I started today, I could probably create Halloween costumes by hand for my three, although it would cost me dearly in terms of time and sanity. But here’s another thought: instead of sweating over fabric and glue, I could just hit “print” for some super-cute free printable Halloween masks, throw the kids in colored sweatsuits, and call it a day. If you too want DIY Lite, then you’re going to love this roundup of mostly-free printables. The gorgeously illustrated printable Halloween masks (at top) from Shades of Every Color on Etsy can be sized up or down depending on the size...

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Shake, rattle, and drool: handcrafted heirloom baby rattles

Let me rattle off a few words for you to chew on: heirloom, handmade, safe, affordable. Also: pretty. These Heirloom Baby Rattles from Windfall Boutique on Etsy are everything you could possibly want in a baby toy–but at half the price you might expect to pay for something so classic, sturdy and beautiful. At only $16.50, each rattle is handmade of domestic cherry, walnut, and maple, laminated with food-safe glue, filled with jasmine rice, and finished with food-grade mineral oil. That means you get a toy that’s attractive, unique, and hard to break. It also requires no batteries, has no...

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Be Happier at Home…and wherever else this book goes with you

On my nightstand, there’s a gigantic pile of self-help books stacked underneath a coffee cup. Not exactly helping much, unless you count them as an overpriced coaster. What you might notice if you peeked at my self-help lit pile is that Gretchen Rubin’s newest book, Happier at Home, is nowhere to be found. And that’s because I’ve been carrying it around in my handbag ever since I got it in the mail a few weeks ago. It’s not surprising that I’m enjoying it as much as I did her first bestseller, The Happiness Project, but in a way that surprised...

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Mineral makeup for tweens: sweet, soft and skin-smart

What does my daughter remember most from her big roller skating birthday party extravaganza? The fact that I let her wear makeup, something that’s never happened before. Not my makeup, of course. This new find for tweens and teens is adorable, made from especially gentle ingredients, and won’t send your little lady out looking like, um…a lady of the night. EyeDoll Chatter is the brainchild of two Atlanta sisters who wanted to create a truly interactive mineral makeup experience for girls. Available in cute, self-contained kits for eyes, cheeks, or lips, everything is skin-safe, food-safe, all-natural, and free from the...

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Fighting childhood cancer with the strength of 1000 ladybugs

Before I was a cool mom, I was a cool aunt with very high standards. Lucky for me, being a cool aunt in New York City isn’t tough, as fabulous boutiques beckon from just about every other corner. But one in particular really captured this cool auntie’s heart…in more ways than one. [Keep reading after the jump for a chance to support the children of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital!] I’ve been loyal to the wonderful NYC-based Beatrix brand for three special little ladies now. I always knew the brand had a fun, high-quality product line, but now I know the company has...

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Give your kids a passport to faraway lands with Hartlyn Kids’ new series of books

Though my kids are mildly amused by the stories of my youth (what do you mean, there was no internet?), they are much more fascinated by stories about kids from faraway lands. So I’m excited to find a new series of globe-trotting books that offers my kids a glimpse of life outside of our suburban town. With two books published so far by two-mom team Christine and Aisha, Hartlyn Kids is on its way to creating an entire series about kids from all over the world. What I especially love about The Bamboo Dance and Adventures that Lead to...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week.  1. Such a versatile, stylish piece for your little girl’s wardrobe.  2. Hilarious Halloween cupcakes that are a great use for old Barbie arms.  3. A brilliant way to organize your kids’ artwork.  4. An easy DIY project that’s sure to make any LEGO fan in your house squee.  5. A fun, free way to keep your kids entertained in the...

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PAIGELAUREN Baby’s terrific new collection is now for toddlers, too

We fell in love with the lovely baby clothes from PAIGELAUREN Baby years ago–oh, that tailoring! Those stripes! Those polka dots! And now, our mama-fashionista hearts are swelling once again as they get into clothing for the actual walking and talking set. Everything we adored about PAIGELAUREN’s teensy baby-sized outfits is now available in their new collection of toddler clothes including 2T and 4T sizes. And there’s a lot to adore: every piece is made with impossibly soft modal supima cotton, in classic mix-and-match designs that are way too adorable to be called basic. The color palette for everything is earth-inspired,...

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Japanese anime-inspired diaper bags? We say Tokidoki!

Diaper bags are kind of like minivans. They are super practical, but don’t exactly scream funky fresh. But this new Tokidoki and Ju Ju Be diaper bag collaboration is like taking your Honda Odyssey and making it a low rider. We’re talking blinged out, and we’re talking awesome. Tokidoki always gets me with their great designs and Japanese anime-inspired looks. (I’m partial to the milk carton on a skateboard, and the cactus kid.) Pair that graphic style with Ju Ju Be, a popular diaper bag, and you have a Tokidoki diaper bag that will stop traffic. (Of course, they’re really stopping because your...

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Web Coolness: artwork for a children’s hospital, speaking out against bullies, and National Hispanic Heritage Month recipes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Love seeing the adorable Wooberry Custom Dolls in a series of endearing prints for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Today marks the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress, a day to help build awareness for postpartum depression and other pregnancy- and childbirth-related mental health issues. Do you shy away from the camera? Read this beautiful post by Allison Tate, and it may change how you feel. Whoa! Check out this oversized Stokke Tripp-Trapp on display at New York’s...

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A hand-painted, multicultural mobile babies (and grownups) will love

My favorite kind of mobile isn’t my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What’s not to love? They’re moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I’ve just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby. Why should they have all the fun? I totally adore this beautiful handmade baby mobile from Little Edie. Becky Brisco is the talented artist behind the shop. Her multicultural mobile is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the beauty of diversity. All of the faces are hand-painted so each mobile is completely unique–just like us. The...

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Forget grungy: upcycled gets downright gorgeous

Creating art, decor and furniture with upcycled materials is not just a fleeting design fad. It’s a way of living for many artists who want to create items that are sustainable and friendly to our earth. Fortunately, a lot of upcycled pieces are on the forefront of design as well. Meet Swedish Guy Design. “Swedish Guy” grew up on a farm in Minnesota with his Swedish/ Norwegian family, then became certified as a Green Builder in San Francisco. What’s really interesting is that the source of material for all of his gorgeous pieces–from a modern lamp to a magazine rack...

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The Little Book of Hindu Deities: a beautifully illustrated guide

These days, there’s so much intolerance in the world, it’s dismaying. As a mom, I try to counteract the negative messages out there by teaching my kids to celebrate diversity, and by taking time as a family to learn about cultures and religions different from ours. So I’m smitten with this beautiful, gentle, and respectful introduction to Hindu beliefs. The Little Book of Hindu Deities is a labor of love by Pixar illustrator Sanjay Patel, who was inspired by the art of Japanese animation and the rich tales of Hindu gods and goddesses. Each lively illustration is accompanied by a...

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7 of the cutest (and creepiest) Halloween cookies haunting the Internet

I’m not much of a cookie aficionado, but Halloween brings out the baker in me. (It also brings out the witch in me, but that’s for another post.) In honor of my favorite cookie-making holiday, we’ve found the cutest, yummiest Halloween treats ever. So feast your zombie eyes on these. The kids are going to freak out! I’m telling you, Halloween cookies are easy, and there isn’t all that Christmas-y pressure. These days, finding Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a cinch (like the “gingerdead” men cookie cutters, heh). The color palette can be more limited to orange, black and green–and if your...

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Six reasons to drink less bottled water

My family and I have been longtime Brita fans. That filtered pitcher of tap water is a mainstay in our fridge. But that’s pretty tough to keep up on the go, especially when I’m trying to remember to fill four sippy cups for four little kids I’m struggling to get out the door. That’s why I’m really happy that we’re working with Brita, makers of an awesome new Brita filtered water bottle for kids. This gives me the chance to tell you six of the reasons we’ve moved away from bottled water in recent years. Starting with money… 1....

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Fashionable scarves. With an emphasis on -able.

At this time next week, I’ll be traveling through Ethiopia with the wonderful humanitarian organization ONE. Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m nervous. No, Bono won’t be there that I know of. And yes, you will be hearing more about it. But when I got my informational travel packet from the team at ONE this week, I was thrilled to find a surprise: a small, chic gift that does a whole lot of good. I thought you’d want to know about it too. The stunning scarf from fashionABLE absolutely melted me. Not just because it’s beautiful, which it is, but because...

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The Home by Novogratz book helps you make your home more yours

A few months back, I had the pleasure of meeting TV’s increasingly notorious design mavens, the Novogratz family, and drooling over their unbelievable Manhattan apartment firsthand. While I keep inviting them to break into my home and have their way with it when I’m away, they have yet to take me up on it. (Odd, right?) So for me–and the rest of us–it’s great to get a peek at their new design book. [Don’t miss the drool-worthy photos after the jump!] Home by Novogratz takes Courtney and Robert’s “there are no rules” style of eclectic decorating made famous on...

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Eco-sweet and plastic-free: we’re in dollhouse heaven

When I survey my children’s toys, I have two thoughts: 1. I should have purchased stock in Duracell. 2. How can one household amass so much plastic? So I was thrilled to come across a world of handmade toys, interactive ideas, and three oh-so-beautiful words: “no plastic parts.” If you’re seriously nostalgic for simpler toys like I am, you’re going to adore the online toy store Once Upon a Treehouse. Once Upon a Treehouse is the charming brainchild of two mamas, Lori and Tara, who are sisters. The background story of their business is as sweet as their creations....

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